Sunday, April 26, 2015

Charles Grant Gallimore

Charles Grant Gallimore, age 86, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  He was born on December 11, 1928 in Floyd County, VA to Cordle and Stella Gallimore.  Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters, and three brothers.
He is survived by his faithful wife of 68 years, Oneda Bond Gallimore.  He enjoyed clearing trails through the woods so he could visit each of his five children and their spouses:  daughter, Linda (Bob) Mitchell; son, Benny (Carolyn) Gallimore; son, Michael (Elaine) Gallimore; daughter, Judy (Mel) Bowden; son, Randy (Marilyn) Gallimore.  He was also blessed with 12 grandchildren:  Teresa (Kevin) Sweeney, Mark (Kathy) Gallimore, Sherry (Randy) Quesenberry, John (Michele) Gallimore, Brian (Becky) Huff, Robin (Tater) Thompson, Tina Marshall, Michael (Debra) Gallimore, Paul (April) Gallimore, Matthew (Jessica) Gallimore, Mary Shelton, and Sara (Justin) Coleman.  More blessings include 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and another great-great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Isabel Shelor, a brother, Roger (Erma Jean) Gallimore, both of Christiansburg , a sister-in-law, Irene Gallimore of Floyd,   as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, including a special “adopted daughter” Sue Wheeler and family.
Daddy’s working hands were evidence of his years as a farmer, gardener, woodworker and whatever else he set his mind to do.  He was a master gardener who, along with Mother, grew fruits and vegetables to share with the family as well as with many neighbors and friends.  His urgency to plant their garden this year will no doubt yield a bountiful crop.  As he fashioned wooden crosses, he carefully inscribed the words “God loves us all” on many of them.  He gave many away as a means of sharing his faith.  Now he has traded those crosses for a crown.  Whatever his hands found to do, he did it with all his might.
He was a family man.  His love for all his family was often manifested in things he made.  Taking old scrap materials, he made many things for his grandchildren to enjoy in their picnic area and playground in the woods, which became a favorite gathering spot for many.  The birds also found refuge in the many birdhouses Daddy built, and he found joy in feeding them each day.
Though our hearts are broken, we can rejoice in the promise that we will one day be reunited because of what Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.   And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, 3883 Alum Ridge Road, Floyd, on Tuesday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Roy Turpin, Brian Turpin, and Mike Gallimore.  The family will receive friends at the church on Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Warren "Bud" Eldridge Cox

Warren “Bud” Eldridge Cox, 80, of Willis, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  He was born on August 18, 1934 to the late Warren and Guida Cox.  He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Misty Jo Cox.

Bud was a carpenter by trade and he loved his family and many friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mavis and children, Warren “Bo” (Ann), Lloyd (Becky), Christine (John) Benson, Eldon (Leslie); 5 grandchildren, Angie (Matt), Travis (Leslie), Jessica (Devon), Amanda (Joel), Michael (Amie); 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Elza (Helen), Harold (Rosemary) ; Sister, Mary (Eldridge). Numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Maberry Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Phillips and Pastor Roy Turpin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ambrose Cox Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday April 27, 2015 at Maberry Funeral Home.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Samuel A. DeHart

Samuel A. DeHart of Floyd, VA, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, (April 25, 2015) at his residence after a lengthy illness.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred DeHart, and five children, Norma Jean Rector, Kirby DeHart and friend (Terry Wray Cantrell), Jacqueline Radford (Ricky), Donna Spangler (Kenneth), and Vickie Wade (Jeff).  Survivors also include a large host of nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Sam was born on a cold January morning in 1932 in Floyd County to the late Riley and Maude DeHart.  He was the youngest of his siblings born.  He is survived by his brothers, Turner DeHart (Mabel) and Caley DeHart (Janet), and predeceased by his brothers, Norman DeHart, Alfred DeHart, and sisters, Pauline Harris, and Edna Harman.
Known in Floyd County, as being generous, always helping neighbors and friends, and sharing garden vegetables to scraping someone’s drive way on snowy days, and being a “local Vet” to many cattle and horse farmers for years.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the medic field.      

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015 at Maberry Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin shortly thereafter at 1:00 p.m. in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Lackey, Lay Pastor Ricky Burnette and Pastor Dale Belcher officiating. Interment will be at Tuggles Gap Lee Cemetery with Military Rites by Floyd VFW Post #7854 and American Legion Post 127.

The family wishes to thank friends, neighbors, and his home health care nurses,  for the attention and kindness expressed during his recent illness.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ronald Anthony DeBonee

Ronald Anthony DeBonee, 66, of  Parkton , N.C. , passed away April 17, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parent, Anthony S. and Yvette Gaudette DeBonee.  He will forever be remembered as a loving dad and “Gypaw”.
He was an Air Force Retiree, serving in Vietnam, receiving the Purple Heart, Medal of Honor and Combat Action Ribbon.  He also was a member of the Air Force Sgt. Association and Purple Heart Organization.  He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  He was an American war hero!
He is survived by his daughters, Rikkie Hollins and  fiance’, Ezekial James Plesha Bartel, Joyanna Chao;  granddaughters, Karlee Sirry and fiance’, Brandon Hollins, Grace Sirry, Sidnee Sirry, Christa Chao; Great Grandson, Dakota Hollins; brother, Dennis DeBonee; sister, Denise Kamm Martin. There will be a Wake from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Maberry Funeral Home in Floyd.  He will be laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Madalene Bower Belcher

Madalene Bower Belcher, 94, of Floyd, joined her loving husband, Grant Belcher, Sunday, April 19, 2015 to be together forever in their heavenly home.  They were married 70 ½ years prior to his death in 2009.
Left to cherish her wonderful memories is her loving daughter Narlene Dulaney of Christiansburg, VA.  Her special family include her granddaughter, Sonya (Booie) DeHart of Christiansburg; grandson, Travis Dulaney of Plantation, Florida; great-grandchildren, Tanner DeHart, Skyler Dehart, Bryce DeHart of Christiansburg and Justin Dulaney and Dylan Dulaney of Plantation, Florida.
Mrs. Belcher was known throughout the area for her ability to grow any type of  flowers, which she loved to share.  She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed greatly.
Her smile and giggles will be always remembered at Highland Ridge Nursing Home, where she was so lovingly cared for during the past 5 years.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Red Oak Church of the Brethren with Rev. Hebron Quesenberry and Rev. Jimmy Cannaday officiating with interment in the Sunset Cemetery.  Family will receive friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Maberry Funeral Home.